Checks that are not picked up within 20 days will be mailed to your permanent address, except for workstudy pay checks. Following is a list of the most common programs that might send you a check:


Student workers are paid every two weeks for the hours they have worked.

Federal Pell Grant

If you have a “cleared for payment” Pell Grant by the first day of classes, you can expect a refund for excess funds approximately six weeks into the semester.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants

SEOG grants are processed at the same time as the federal Pell grant.

New York State TAP Award

As long as the College has been made aware of the TAP award by HESC on a roster, the TAP award will be credited to your tuition bill and you should not expect to get a refund. In some cases the TAP certificate is received late and other forms of aid will have paid the tuition bill. In this case, you will receive a refund when New York State sends the award money to the college. This can take several months.

Federal Student Loan Checks (both Subsidized and Unsubsidized)

All continuing students who have their applications complete by July 1st should have a refund check issued on or around Friday of the 6th week of classes. A federal regulation requires first-time borrowers to have their student loan check delayed for 30 days. Refund checks will be issued AFTER student’s attendance and satisfactory progress have been verified. Students must complete a Master Promissory Note and an Entrance Counseling Interview at

Other Scholarships and Grants

Any money from grants or scholarships received by the college in your behalf will be credited to your tuition bill first, with the remainder given to you. A refund check will be issued to you after the Student Billing Office receives the funds and applies it to your student account.

Refund checks are issued approximately 6 weeks into the semester. You may check to see if you have a refund check by logging onto SUNY Sullivan web module and looking at your Accounts Receivable.